American Lager Deluxe Refill

American Lager Deluxe Refill is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 88.
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  • If you enjoy drinking Budweiser, Samuel Adams Boston Lager, Coors, Pabst Blue Ribbon, or Rolling Rock then this is the Refill for you!
  • Our Refills come with everything that is needed to brew your next batch of great tasting beer. 
  • All of our Refills are done brewing within 10-14 days and designed for brewing 2-gallon batches. 
  • Mr. Beer's brewing extract is formulated and produced by master brewers at Coopers Brewery in Australia using the highest quality, all-natural barley and hops.. 
  • Every Mr. Beer Refill comes with Coopers proprietary brewing yeast that performs well in a wide range of temperatures. 
  • With this Refill, you will get our American Lager HME, 2 Pouches of BrewMax LME Pale, 1 packet of No-Rinse Cleanser, and 1 packet of brewing yeast.
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    STEP 1: Sanitizing

    Cleaning is one of the most important steps in brewing. It kills microscopic bacteria, wild yeast and molds that may cause off-flavors in your beer. Make certain to clean all equipment that comes in contact with your beer by following the directions below:

    1. Fill clean keg with warm water to line mark 1 on the back, then add ½ pack (about 1 tablespoon) of No-Rinse Cleanser and stir until dissolved. Once dissolved, the solution is ready to use. Save the remaining ½ of No-Rinse Cleanser because you will need it for bottling.

    2. Screw on lid and swirl the keg so that the cleaning solution makes contact with the entire interior of the keg, including the underside of the lid. Note that the ventilation notches under the lid may leak solution. Allow to sit for at least 2 minutes and swirl again.

    3. To clean the spigot, open it fully and allow liquid to flow for 5 seconds and then close.

    4. Pour the rest of the solution from the keg into a large bowl. Place your spoon/whisk, can opener and measuring cup into the bowl to keep them cleaned throughout the brewing process. Leave them immersed for at least 2 minutes in cleaning solution prior to using.

    5. After all surfaces have been thoroughly cleaned, do not rinse or dry the keg or utensils. Return lid to top of keg, proceed immediately to brewing.


    Brewing beer is the process of combining a starch source (in this case, a malt brewing extract) with yeast. Once combined, the yeast eats the sugars in the malt, producing alcohol and carbon dioxide (CO2). This process is called fermentation.

    1. Remove the yeast packet from under the lid of the can of brewing extract, then remove the label from the can. Place the unopened can in hot tap water

    2. Using the clean measuring cup, pour 4 cups of water into your 4-quart or larger pot. Bring water to a boil, and then remove pot from heat.

    3. Open packet of BrewMax LME and the can of brewing extract and pour it into the pot. Stir until thoroughly mixed. This mixture is the wort.

    4. Fill the keg with cold water to line mark 1 on the back. The water must be cold (ideally from the refrigerator) with a temperature of 40-55°F/4-12°C. For the best results, we recommend using bottled spring water or filtered tap water. If using any other fermenter this would be approximately 1 gallon of water.

    5. Pour the wort into the keg and then bring the volume of the keg up to line mark 2 by adding more cold water. Mix vigorously with the plastic spoon/ whisk. Be careful to not scratch the inside of the keg, which could create small spaces for bacteria to grow. (If you have a different fermenter top it off with cold water to the 8.5-liter mark).

    6. Sprinkle the entire yeast packet into the keg and then screw on the lid.Do not stir.

    7. Allow your fermenter to sit for 10-14 days.

    Store the fermenter in a cool, dark place between 68-78°F/20-26°C for the yeast to work properly. The ideal temperature range is 70-72°F / 21-22°C. After a few days the foam and activity will subside and your batch will appear to be dormant. However, the yeast is still at work, slowly finishing the fermentation process.

    STEP 3: Bottling & Carbonating

    After 10 days, taste a small sample to determine if the beer is fully fermented and ready to bottle. If it tastes like flat beer, it is ready. If it’s sweet, then it’s not ready. Let it ferment for 4 more days (14 total). At this point it is time to bottle. Do not let it sit in the fermenter for longer than 24 days total.

    1.When your beer is ready to bottle, fill a 1-gallon container with warm water, then add the remaining ½ pack of the No-Rinse Cleanser and stir until dissolved. Once dissolved, it is ready to use.

    2. Distribute the cleaning solution equally among the bottles. Screw on caps (or cover with metal cap if using glass bottles) and shake bottles vigorously. Allow to sit 10 minutes, then shake the bottles again. Remove caps and empty all cleaning solution into a large bowl. Use this solution to clean any other equipment you may be using for bottling. Do not rinse.

    3. Add 2 Carbonation Drops to each 740-mL bottle. For 1-liter bottles, add 2 ½ drops; for ½-liter bottles add 1 drop. Alternatively, you can add table sugar using this table as a guide

    4. Holding the bottle at an angle, fill each bottle to about 2 inches from the bottle’s top.

    5. Place caps on bottles, hand tighten, and gently turn the bottle over to check the bottle’s seal. It is not necessary to shake them.

    6. Store the bottles upright and out of direct sunlight in a location with a consistent temperature between 70°-76°F or 21°-24°C. Allow to sit for a minimum of 14 days. If the temperature is cooler than suggested it may take an additional week to reach full carbonation. 

    Tip from our Brewmasters

    After the primary carbonation has taken place your beer is ready to drink. We recommend putting 1 bottle in the refrigerator at first for 48 hrs. After 48hrs. give it a try and if it is up to your liking put the rest of your beer in the fridge. If it does not taste quite right, leave the bottles out at room temp for another week or so. Keep following this method until your brew tastes just how you like it. 

    This process is called conditioning and during this time the yeast left in your beer can help clean up any off flavors. Almost everything gets a little better with time and so will your beer.

    Rated 5 out of 5 by Shaun D from Super Easy and Fun I received my kit for Christmas. Just finished my first brew of the Octoberfest. Now have the Canadian Blonde brewing. Simple review: 1) This is a lot of fun! 2) You have made this really easy to do! 3) Your instructions are easy to follow! 4) Your web site is easy to use and to order. 5) Love that you give a comparison on refills of a beer we would know. I love blue moon and your Bavarian Weissbier was a “like” beer so I ordered. 6) I had a question and sent an email and had an answer the same day. 7) The whole process is simple, not overly time consuming, and gratifying when a novice like myself can make beer at home!
    Date published: 2022-01-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Andrew from Will Definitely Brew Again After five or six batches of beer, I am definitely still a novice. But the American Deluxe is simple to make and easy to enjoy. While not a connoisseur by any means, I thoroughly enjoyed the flavor and crisp taste. You might say it was similar to the Banquet Beer I enjoy if I pick up something at the rodeo, but this was definitely more flavorful and thus enjoyable. I highly recommend it, especially if you're starting out and want something similar to a "standard" flavor but much more memorable. Enjoy!
    Date published: 2015-10-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Dean H from Great Flavor This American Lager is a repeat purchase for me. I generally make the porters and stouts, but this is a great change of pace. I usually add a half-cup of dark brown sugar to the receipt to add a little more color and flavor. My only issue is that Mr. Beer didn’t include this in the recent promotion for buying their American beers prior to the 4th of July holiday. I will definitely buy this again!
    Date published: 2018-07-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Jason from Very Good Beer!!! I purchased the deluxe American Lager Kit and after reading a few of the ingredients lists from the "Recipes" section I decided to make a few small tweaks to my refill. I replaced the gold packet of ale yeast that comes under the lid of every Mr. Beer refill with some US-Safale 05 because of its clean taste and crisp finish, and I added an ounce of Liberty Pellet Hops to the resting wort for fifteen minutes as soon as I had it all thoroughly mixed. Additionally I bottled conditioned this beer for three weeks instead of two but other than that I followed the directions as recommended on the brew can and WOW! This is a very tasty beer! Very clean, intense malty flavors and extremely smooth! The pellet hops gave the beer a slightly spiced aroma and the head was thick and left a lingering after taste of bread crust . It is honestly one of the best beers I have ever tasted and I plan on making this again very soon, as it will probably be one of my go to brews.
    Date published: 2015-07-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Andy73 from Lawn mower beer. Wanted to brew something simple, and it was great.
    Date published: 2016-01-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by mikeincharleston from Happy accident! I brewed this up in October. Results were good!. I lost/misplaced two bottles in my cooler for two months. When rediscovered, the results were OUTSTANDING. Just a longer conditioning time took this beer from god to great. I'll be doing this on purpose asap.
    Date published: 2017-03-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Ranger Jed from Great home brew I got this deluxe refill in April, followed the brewing directions and got great results, best home brew I have ever tasted!
    Date published: 2017-07-05
    Rated 3 out of 5 by FPHarris from I wish the instructions had been correct ... This was my first attempt at home brewing. The beer that resulted was actually pretty good. I'm subtracting 2 stars for the poor instructions included with the kit and online. The kit arrived with two pouches of BrewMax Pale LME but the instructions said to use one pouch. I was confused but it was a weekend and there was no customer support available. So, I used one pouch only to find out (after I called the company) that the instructions were outdated and I should have used both pouches. Why in the world would they send out incorrect instructions with their products? A friend of mine who runs a local microbrewery tried the beer and said he thought it was pretty good but maybe lacked a little "body." I'll probably try this again but I'll make sure I don't follow the instructions and instead use everything they send me.
    Date published: 2020-03-17
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    I received no carbonation drops with this refill. Does this refill not require them at bottling?

    Asked by: Gonzo6223
    Hello, carb drops are not included with standard and deluxe refills, but they can be replaced with sugar using this chart: Cheers!
    Answered by: MRBEER
    Date published: 2022-06-16

    Has anyone confirmed the abv because based off the specs provided here the og and fg would make around a 3.9%abv not a 5.7%abv that is being stated on the specs so just wondering if it did turn out to be a 5.7%abv

    Asked by: JDBrewhaha
    Yes, I have tested it. The final numbers are slightly varied, but comparatively accurate. If you just use the container with the wort it will be 3.9 ABV (approx.) each Booster packet adds around 0.9 ABV.
    Answered by: ZazzyZ
    Date published: 2021-05-18

    I have the American Lager Deluxe Refill Kit. I received 2 pouches of the BrewMax LME Pale. The instructions, in step 2, say: "Open the packet (singular) ... and pour it into the pot." I have TWO packets. Do I use them both, or use just one?

    Asked by: FO287
    I also received two LME packets and noticed the website says it comes with two. I'm guessing they tweaked the recipe and didn't update the instructions to make packet plural.
    Answered by: craftsman70
    Date published: 2022-01-09

    I ordered this refill for my standard Mr. Beer 2 gallon fermenter. Will this work with that size?

    Asked by: Brewhaha
    Yes, this refill is meant for a 2 gallon fermenter.
    Answered by: SarahBeer
    Date published: 2016-01-11
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